Jack Wilshere has suggested on talkSPORT (4:21pm, October 14, 2021) that Joe Willock was right to leave Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal for Newcastle United in the summer transfer window.
The former Arsenal midfielder believes that Willock left Arsenal for good because he was not going to get much playing time at the Gunners.
Wilshere said about Willock on talkSPORT (4:21pm, October 14, 2021): “Yeah, but he probably wasn’t guaranteed the game time that he wanted.
“He obviously went there, showed what he could do in the loan spell, scored some goals, played week in week out.
“He probably came back, ‘Thinking, right, now I need to play. If I am going to play for Arsenal, then I will stay. If not, then I need to get out’. Good club for him.”
How is Joe Willock doing now?
Willock was stunning during his loan spell at Newcastle from Arsenal.
The English midfielder spent the second half of last season on loan at the Magpies and was a key figure in the team.
Willock’s goals prevented Steve Bruce’s side from going down to the Championship.
The 22-year-old scored eight goals in 11 Premier League starts for the Magpies last season.
However, goals have dried up for Willock now.
The youngster moved to Newcastle on a permanent contract from Arsenal in the summer transfer window.
The Gunners received £25 million as transfer fee for Willock, according to Sky Sports.
Willock is playing regularly for Newcastle at the moment, but his performance levels have dropped.
The Newcastle no. 28 has not scored in the Premier League yet this season.
And he has played six times.
We must not forget that Willock is still only 22.
Young players do have dips in form.
We think and hope that Willock will be back to his goalscoring best soon.